Bachelor’s Program in Eastern Christian Studies

This is a three-year bachelor’s program which provides students with a thorough understanding of Orthodox theology and tradition, and which teaches them how to study and express themselves within an academic context.

Why study Eastern Christian Studies?

The Eastern Churches have taken on a greater significance in the lives of many, through their new importance and influence in a post-Communist Eastern Europe and their growing presence in Western Europe, mainly through large numbers of immigrants from traditionally Orthodox countries or regions. Understanding the Eastern Churches, their history, their beliefs and their organization and structures has never been more important. The BTh in Eastern Christian Studies provides a fascinating and timely introduction to one of the world’s largest and most significant Christian traditions.

Program objectives

The Program aims to provide a scholarly and accessible introduction to the variety of topics under the heading of Eastern Christian Studies, to teach students the necessary analytical and critical skills necessary to engage with academic subjects at university level and to learn to think independently.

Program outcomes

By the end of the program students will have a good awareness of the nature and scope of Eastern Christian studies, be able to independently assess and evaluate ideas and theories, understand and use appropriate methodology, critically read and analyze original texts, communicate their own views and ideas clearly and logically and be able to conduct and analyze research within this field.

Structure of the program

There are 4 study options available for this program:

In the first-year, students study a series of compulsory courses providing a rich balance of biblical, theological, historical and liturgical subject matter. The first year is studied in Campus Södertälje.

During the following two years, taught at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), Campus Bromma, students study various subjects and write a thesis on a subject chosen in collaboration with their supervisor. 

In the first and second years, students study a series of compulsory courses providing a rich balance of biblical, theological, historical and liturgical subject matter. The first and second years are studied in Campus Södertälje.

During the following two years, taught at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), Campus Bromma, students study various subjects and write a thesis on a subject chosen in collaboration with their supervisor. 

In the first year, students study a series of compulsory courses providing a rich balance of biblical, theological, historical and liturgical subject matter. Studies during the first year are online.

During the following two years, taught at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), Campus Bromma, students study various subjects and write a thesis on a subject chosen in collaboration with their supervisor. 

In the first and second years, students study a series of compulsory courses providing a rich balance of biblical, theological, historical and liturgical subject matter. Studies during the first and second years are online. During the following two years, taught at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), Campus Bromma, students study various subjects and write a thesis on a subject chosen in collaboration with their supervisor.

Program Requirements

The applicant must have completed their upper secondary (high school) education. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a good proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

For more information please visit: Entry requirements (universityadmissions.se)

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

A degree in Eastern Christian Studies will equip students for various pastoral roles in the Church and forms the first part of the two-stage education required to become a Church educator.  The critical, analytical and communication skills learned in the course qualifies graduates to apply for any professional position where a degree level qualification is stipulated as a requirement. The course also provides the necessary preparation for further study at master’s level.

Program director: Michael Hjälm, michael.hjalm@ehs.se
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme, pierre.aziz.nehme@ehs.se
How to apply? Apply through www.universityadmissions.se or www.antagning.se.
Length: 3 years (full-time) of 4 years (year 1 &2 -50% and year 3&4-100%), 180 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: On-campus or distance learning
Study Pace: (all 4 years) or part-time (years 1&2) and full-time (years 3&4)
Teaching Hours: Daytime
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Full-time: Year 1 Södertälje; Years 2 & 3 Bromma, Stockholm; part-time: year 1&2 Södertälje, Year 3&4 Bromma